All of the entries for Round 1 of Project: Report are in, and a panel of judges from the Pulitzer Center have chosen the top 10 semi-finalists. We saw terrific submissions from around the country, each telling a powerful story of an individual through a day in his or her life. Now you can vote for which Round 1 submission you think should win the Community Award.
Below is a list (in no particular order) of the 10 Round 1 winners who will proceed to the second and final round of Project:Report. The grand prize? One of five $10,000 travel fellowships to work with the Pulitzer Center on an international reporting project.
- Patrick Aviles, California - Santos Camacho
- Richgail Enriquez, California - A day in the life of Lolita Kintanar
- Takayuki Ono, Illinois - Pilot volunteers his wings to help patients in financial distress
- Paul Franz, Florida - Dr. Pedro Jose Greer
- Alex Rozier, Missouri - The Story of Amanda McDaniel
- Felix Ramirez, New York - Mr.Zulu.mov
- Jack Ballo, New York - ELIO
- Samatha Ann Danis, Maine - Project Report: A Day in the Life of Alice Fogg
- Mark Jeevaratnam, North Carolina - Sharon Hill: The Smile of Commons
- Emmanuel Elan Gepner, Pennsylvania - The People's Painter
But don't worry, even if you're not one of the 10 semi-finalists there's still an opportunity to win a prize. At the end of Round 2, the Pulitzer Center will look at all of the videos submissions that came in for Round 2 and select one additional contestant to receive a Sony VAIO notebook.
If you're game, here's the assignment for Round 2:
Report on a compelling topic or subject of any nature which you believe has not been sufficiently and/or accurately covered by the national media. All entries must be less than five minutes long and shot in High Definition.Submissions are due by 12 p.m. ET on April 4, 2010.
Congratulations to the 10 semi-finalists, and good luck to everyone in Round 2!
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